FIPNA wins $1000 Love Your Block grant for Spring

FIPNA has been awarded another Love Your Block grant from the Citizens’ Committee of New York for a volunteer-driven project to beautify our neighborhood. Last year, we removed the asphalt from around Shalom Alecheim (a Herculean effort!) and planted a beautiful garden, which continues to thrive. This year, we are going to beautify and landscape […]


Hello neighbors, I have just received the excellent news that FIPNA won the $2500 matching grant from the National Trust for Historic Places. We are planning to use this money to hire a historic consultant who will do a complete historic survey of our community– a narrative of the area’s history and an inventory of […]

FIPNA’s statement in opposition to Jackson Development’s plan for Cannon/Ft. Independence

Here is  FIPNA’s statement in opposition to Jackson Development Group’s proposal to build an HDC-funded 93-unit/122-car building on Cannon Place/Ft. Independence in our community. As a reminder, the Land Use meeting is Monday night, April 4, at 7:30, in the Leo Engineering Building, 3825 Corlear Ave, 4th Floor (Fishback Room) at Corlear Avenue and W 238th St […]

What is a Historic District

An historic district is an area of the city designated by the Landmarks Commission that represents at least one period or style of architecture typical of one or more areas in the city’s history; as a result, the district has a distinct “sense of place.” Fort Greene, Greenwich Village, Mott Haven, and SoHo are examples […]

Should Fort Independence Park neighborhood be a Historic District?

Should Fort Independence Park neighborhood be a Historic District?

FIPNA submitted a request to the Landmarks Preservation Commission to determine if our neighborhood is eligible as an Historic District. A Historic District is an area designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because it has a special character or a special historical or aesthetic interest which causes it to have a distinct “sense of place.” […]

Alert: Cannon Place Closed 4/19/2010

Alert: Cannon Place Closed 4/19/2010

Today (April 19) the DOT spent most of the day on Cannon Place placing concrete barriers along the retaining wall side of the street. They said it was preliminary to taking steps to repair/shore up the wall and repair the sidewalk, and indicated that they want the sidewalk completely closed until repairs are made. Cannon […]

Tuesday, March 16 from 4 to 9 pm TEST BLAST at JPR

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that they will have a test BLAST at the site next to the Jerome Park Reservoir Gate House 5 on Goulden Avenue and 205th Street across from the Bronx HS of Science. Come to the park and listen to the BLASTING. 1.  ONE long whistle […]

Alarm test at the Jerome Park Reservoir

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a routine alarm safety, maintenance and inspection procedure at the Jerome Park Reservoir. The test will take place on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at approximately 9:00 a.m. The alarm may be detectable near the site but it will be preceded by an announcement that the […]

ALERT: Lost Dog!

ALERT: Lost Dog!

Attention: On February 5th, 2010 around 10:00am  in the vicinity of Van Cortlandt Avenue West one of our neighbors lost their dog. The dog is a miniature Doberman, she was wearing a red harness, and her name is Fortune. If you have seen this dog or have any information please contact us at or […]

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